The Truck Cartel and what is behind

A decision in 2017 to fine Scania has marked the end of an investigation into a cartel that had lasted 14 years. It involved six leading truck producers: besides Scania, also Daimler, DAF, Iveco, MAN, and Volvo/Renault. Together, these companies produce more than 9 out of every 10 medium and heavy trucks sold in Europe. In other words, the large majority of trucks that European consumers and companies rely on for the transport of goods across the internal market.

A year before, the other five companies (Daimler, DAF, Iveco, MAN, and Volvo/Renault) who were involved in the trucks cartel acknowledged their liability for the cartel and reached a settlement with the Commission. The European Commission has imposed a fine of EUR 2.9 billion. MAN was not fined as it revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission. However, MAN is not exempted from private damage claims.

Scania, on the other hand, decided not to settle with the Commission at this time. Swedish VW subsidiary Scania is due to pay approximately EUR 880 million for truck price fixing. Scania has appealed this ruling before the European Court of Justice. The procedure has not yet been completed with legal effect.

The companies have been fined at a total of EUR 3.8 billion – a record fine for a cartel in the EU's 60-year history.